A first for Guardians with hiring of Kamekona
CLEVELAND -- It’s at this time every year that the Guardians release their player development staff assignments for the upcoming season. Many return to the positions they had the previous season, some receive promotions and some are new to the organization.
But this year the Guardians have a first.
As announced on Tuesday, the Guardians have hired Amanda Kamekona to serve as the hitting development coach for their academy in Arizona. Kamekona is the first woman to be hired by the organization in an on-field role.
Kamekona was a standout softball player at UCLA and Cal State Fullerton before she went on to play professionally from 2010-19. She founded and coached a junior Olympic-level softball team in Chino Hills, Calif., in 2020 and was the head coach at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, Calif., from 2019-22.
Kamekona is one of eight player development staffers to join the organization for 2023. Most will be working out of Arizona; a lot of familiar faces (some in new positions) will be returning to Cleveland’s Minor League affiliates.
Here’s a breakdown of how the four Minor League coaching staffs will be put together:
Manager: Andy Tracy
Pitching coach: Owen Dew
Hitting coach: Junior Betances
Bench coach: Greg DiCenzo
Pitching strategist: Cody Buckel
Manager: Rouglas Odor
Pitching coach: Brad Goldberg
Hitting coach: Mike Mergenthaler
Assistant hitting coach: Ian Forster
Bench coach: Daniel Robertson
High-A Lake County
Manager: Omir Santos
Pitching coach: Kevin Erminio
Hitting coach: Jordan Becker
Bench coach: Kyle Lindquist
Manager: Jordan Smith
Pitching coach: Tony Arnold
Hitting coach: Ordomar Valdez
Bench coach: Yan Rivera